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Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

Off Highway 19 between mile marker 90 and 91, Hiking trail near Kona Coast State Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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“lava rock” (17 reviews)
Off Highway 19 between mile marker 90 and 91, Hiking trail near Kona Coast State Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Reviewed April 20, 2017

We heard this was the best beach, but it was not our favorite. We had a 4x4 so we did the drive in to the beach, which was quite nasty and bumpy. My husband was excited to use the Jeep on the road, but even...More

3  Thank thismomtravels4
Reviewed April 11, 2017

I was told that this was a nice and quiet place by a local and I am so glad I made it there! It's also called KAKAHA KAI BEACH PARK. You need to park by the sign and walk to the beach. The road is...More

1  Thank AventuraDelMundo
Reviewed April 10, 2017

I almost don't want to review because I don't want people to go and spoil it! This beach is hands down the best beach on the Big Island. It will take some work to get there, but so worth it!! I promise! You can take...More

Thank Amanda Z
Reviewed April 7, 2017

Good for snorkeling as long as you make it past the locals. 4-wheel drive only and suggested to go with a local family....

Thank skiiby6
Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

Head north past the airport and take the first left after the lava tube. We came by jeep on the rough road to the first beach where you can park. Then walk to the second beach which has some old buildings which were once a...More

Thank esenetekrema
Reviewed March 28, 2017 via mobile

We love this beach. Quite secluded, tranquil and spectacular. It is a hike to get to, but so worth it we make the trek each time we visit HI. Thx Makalawena!

Thank myjohndeerez
Reviewed March 18, 2017

Makalawena Beach is a jewel of a secluded beach reached after a long 1-1/4 mile trek over a mostly lava path. You first have to drive over a 5 mile section of a "paved" road that is broken up and with deep potholes. Well worth...More

1  Thank robertkechayan
Reviewed March 17, 2017

First, you will need to make a pretty bumpy trip across the lava fields to get to the parking lot, then get ready for a hike to get to the actual beach. If you persevere, you'll be rewarded with an uncrowded beach with gorgeous views...More

1  Thank CJSlatt
Reviewed March 13, 2017

Our favorite beach setting on the island. The road to get here is brutal...but a car can make it going slow through the rough patches. Great tidal pools for the kids to catch and spy sea critters. Beach is amazing, water crystal clear. Shade abundant...More

Thank McKayBodily
Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

It's about a thirty minute hike to get there, over some jagged volcanic rock. There is a path to follow so not too bad, but once you get there the place is gorgeous. Go early enough and you'll have the entire Beach to yourself. Make...More

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Response from Gail C | Reviewed this property |
I saw only clothed visitors and several young families.
William C
January 25, 2016|
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Response from Kim M | Reviewed this property |
Aloha. The Green Sand Beach is located on the south tip of the Big Island. To access it, you take Hwy 11 South to South Point Road. About 10 miles down the road forks. The Green Sand Beach is to the LEFT at the fork, small... More